Marilyn Strutchens

Interim Department Head and Emily R. & Gerald S. Leischuck Endowed Professor and Mildred Cheshire Fraley Distinguished Professor

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Office: 5038 Haley Center

Department: Curriculum and Teaching

Campus Mail: 5040 Haley Center


Phone: (334) 844-6838

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Academic Area

Mathematics Education

Short Bio

Marilyn E. Strutchens, Ph.D., is an Emily R. and Gerald S. Leischuck Endowed Professor, Mildred Cheshire Fraley Distinguished Professor, and Interim Department Head in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Auburn University.

Her research interests include examining equity and access issues in mathematics education with a particular focus on factors impacting students’ engagement and achievement in mathematics, improving teacher practices, and exploring innovative field placement experiences for secondary teacher candidates through an equity lens. She is the leader of the Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership’s Clinical Experiences Research Action Cluster, chair of the Advisory Committee for the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Education and Human Resources, and an Advisory Board-Member for the AAAS initiative Stimulating Research and Innovation in STEM Teacher Preservice Education, funded by the NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarships Program. She was a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Board of Directors (2015 -2018), a member of the Executive Board of Directors for the Conference Board of Mathematical Sciences (2012 -2014), and president of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators [AMTE] (2011 - 2013). She received AMTE’s Judith Jacobs Lectureship in 2017.

She has served as the editor or co-editor for several books including Educating Prospective Secondary Mathematics Teachers, ICME-13 Topic Surveys: The Mathematics Education of Prospective Secondary Teachers Around the World, AMTE’s Second Monograph Series, 2012 special equity issue of The Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ Focus on High School Mathematics: Fostering Reasoning and Sense Making for All Students, and Changing the Faces of Mathematics: Perspectives on African Americans. She has authored and co-authored numerous book chapters and journal articles. Dr. Strutchens was also a member of the writing team for the 2017 Alabama Strategic Mathematics Planning Committee Recommendations for Improving Alabama’s Mathematics Education. She was the Co-Director and Co-PI for Transforming East Alabama Mathematics (TEAM-Math) from 2003 – 2018, which involved several grants related to improving the teaching and learning of mathematics in East Alabama. She is currently the PI of a National Science Foundation funded grant focused on clinical/field experiences for secondary teacher candidates.

Dr. Strutchens is originally from Eastman, GA. She is married to W. Gary Martin, who is also an endowed professor of mathematics education.  She enjoys exercising and crocheting. San Juan, Puerto Rico is her favorite vacation spot.


Ph.D. in Mathematics Education, 1993, The University of Georgia

M.Ed. in Mathematics Education, 1988, The University of Georgia

B.S.H.E. in Fashion Merchandising, 1984, The University of Georgia

A.S.H.E. in Fashion Merchandising, 1982, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

Professional Experience

2020 - Present

Interim Department Head and Emily R. and Gerald S. Leischuck Endowed Professor for Critical Needs; Mildred Cheshire Fraley Distinguished Professor, Auburn University

2015 - Present

Emily R. and Gerald S. Leischuck Endowed Professor for Critical Needs; Mildred Cheshire Fraley Distinguished Professor; and Program Coordinator for Secondary Mathematics Education , Auburn University

2000 - 2014

Associate Professor, Auburn University

1995 - 2000

Assistant Professor, University of Maryland at College Park

1993 - 1995

Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky

1992 - 1993

Instructor, Athens Area Technical Institute

1992 - 1993

Mathematics Instructor, Upward Bound Program, The University of Georgia

1991 - 1992

Reading Instructor, Upward Bound Program, The University of Georgia

1990 - 1991

Mathematics Instructor, Clarke Middle School (GA)